Scottish Studies Summer Program

  • Explore the mountains and cultural past of Scotland for four weeks as you integrate course work with field trips.

  • The Scottish Studies Summer Program is offered in partnership with the University of Edinburgh, one of the most distinguished research institutions in Europe.

  • Courses are available in Scottish Geology and History, and taught by expert faculty.


The Scottish Studies in Scotland program enhances classroom learning with real-world excursions and outings in Scotland. As a participant in this program, you will select one or two courses on the history and geology of Scotland offered in partnership with the prestigious University of Edinburgh. The program’s location in the lively cosmopolitan of Edinburgh will allow you to explore the city’s rich history, unique culture, and fascinating geological past. Courses are taught by faculty from the University of Edinburgh.

SCOT GESC 210S Scotland's Geology, Landscapes and People

3 semester hours of credit
: Dr. Angus Miller

Edinburgh is a unique and beautiful city, built on a varied landscape of hills and a great location to appreciate the many interactions between geology, landscape and people. This introductory course will consider fundamental geological processes that create different kinds of rocks. It will explore the ways in which these rocks are later altered and eroded to create landscapes, and the ways in which people use both rocks and landscapes, for shelter, energy and advancement of human knowledge. These topics will be illustrated with many local visits and case studies from central Scotland. View a complete syllabus here.

SCOT HSSC 215S Scottish History

3 semester hours of credit
Dr. Aaron Allen

From a Roman frontier of disparate tribes to a post-imperial United Kingdom, Scotland's story is one of both union and strife. Centuries of war with the 'auld enemy' gave way to dynastic and political union which ended war and brought prosperity, though support for the union with England has never been universal. Aside from pointing out some of the important contributions of Scots to the American narrative, this course will challenge your perceptions of Scotland's story, and explain the complicated relationship of Scotland to the United Kingdom. View a complete syllabus here.


You will earn the following hours of credit.

  • Summer program: 3 or 6 credits.

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.

Application Deadlines

  • Summer: March 31